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i certainly hope so. >> stretch and then wrap. right back to back. glad you're there. >> i'm always here for you, chris. thank you, myfriend. thanks to you at home for joinin us for this next hour. i have to tell you we have a big show tonight, a number of guests i'm excited to talk to tonight. a lot going on. we have exclusive information tonight and a round-up about what's happened over the course of today. these are times when it is worth paying attention. here is a specific thing i think is worth paying attention to. mike flynn resigned as national security advisor on february 13th. very big news obviously no national security advisor has ever had a tenure that short. also, no administration has ever lost someone that senior ever for lying about and concealing contacts with a foreign
government. in time we would also learn mike flynn had been a paid agent of a foreign government. we learned that when he retroactively registered after he left the white house. nbc news since reported the trump transition was actually aware of payments mike flynn received from foreign governments but apparently did not see that as a red flag to be worried about hiring him nor did they require him to report those payment his security clearance required him to do. in time we would also learn, just this past week we would also learn mike flynn was required to get a new security clearance from the cia in order to take the national security advisor job but the trump transition apparently didn't make him get that before they gave him the national security job anyway. in time we would also come to learn the outgoing president, barack obama had specifically directly warned the incoming president-elect he should not make mike flynn his national
security advisor but the president-elect and new white house ignored all of that. they put him in place anyway. it was very important he get that job despite screaming reasons he should not. even when the department of justice brought worst warnings than that to the white house in the first week of the new administration that mike flynn was lying about his contacts with the russians and warnings his underlying conduct known to the justice department was itself problematic when it came to the russians even aside from him lying about it, warnings he was compromised, vulnerable to him blackmailing him while serving as national security advisor, even after those warnings we now know they kept him in place. yesterday, the white house spokesman confirmed even after those warnings to the white
house justice department they did nothing to restrict him to sensitive information nor protect access and security to state secrets from a manhey had just been informed might be being coerced by russia while he had access to the highest level of secrets. in time we could come to learn that mind bending information about mike flynn and how he got into the white house and what he was doing there and how the white house treated the security concerns around him. in time we would learn all of that. on february 13th, on the day he resigned, we didn't know all that stuff. we just learned mike flynn had become the shortest serving national security advisor in history. we knew this guy hadn't even lasted four weeks. before we could even start to absorb that information, before we could start to figure out all the back story on mike flynn
that has proved to be so damning and so illuminating in the weeks and months since, before we could even absorb that, before we could start digging into it, that story that mike flynn just resigned as national security advisor, that story got its tail stepped on because mike flynn resigned february 13th and the very next day, february 14th, is when the new york times dropped this. trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with russian intelligence. oh, right, interesting the national secity advisor had to resign. phone records and intercepted kalsz sh that members of donald trump's 2016 presidential campaign and other trump soekts had repeated contacts with intelligence officials in the year before the election and
american law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election. the intercepts alarmed the security agency which monitors the communications of foreign intelligence. the nsa collects it as part of the row tain surveillance and after that the fbi asked the nsa to collect as much information as possible about the russian operatives on phone calls to search through troves of previous intercepted communications that had not been analyzed. valentine's day bombshell. trump campaign officials and associates had repeated contact with senior russian intelligence officials and other russian officials while russia is attacking the united states.
then, to try to sway the election in trump's favor, bombshell comes out february 14th, comes out one day after the mike flynn resignation, which was over his serupticious contacts with russian officials but steps on the tail of that story. it's huge, sort of oh clouds the impact of the mike flynn story because this story the next day is even bigger than that. but then something happened to that story, remember? february 13th, flynn resign, feb 14th, "new york times" posts this bombshell story. what's the headline? trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with russian intelligence, february 14th. february 15th, the next day, the deputy director of the fbi went to the white house for a 7:30 a.m. white house meeting on what was reportedly an related
intelligence matter. at the end of that 7:30 a.m. meeting, the deputy director of the fbi had a private pull-aside, a private pull-aside one-on-one meeting with the white house chief of staff, reince priebus. the deputy director of the fbi spoke with reince priebus for five minutes after a 7:30 a.m. meeting on february 15th. according to senior officials who briefed it the deputy director of the fbi told reince priebus i want you to know the story in the "new york times" is bs. deputy director of the fbi telling the white house that "new york times" story about trump campaign contacts with russian officials, that's a bad story, that's bs. that's really weird, right? first of all, there's an ongoing fbi investigation of the president's campaign. no one in the fbi let alone the
deputy director should be talking to the president's staff about that ongoing investigation at all. that literally and directly compromises the fbi's ongoing investigation. talking to the target of the investigation. that strange contact between the deputy director and white house chief of staff led to one of the most bizarre compromises of the other investigations into trump and russia. after the white house staff got the this story is bs from the fbi's deputy director the white house enlisted congressman devin nunes on the left side and senator richard burr on the right side, the white house enlisted them, asked them to do a favor here, asked them to start calling reporters at all the major news outlets to steer other reporters away from the "times"' bombshell story. you work in a news organization,
that's a heavyweight call. that's heavyweight advice if you get a call from devin nunes or richard burr telling you to stay away from a story, it's bs. they're the chairman in the house and senate and would be in a position to know what they're talking about on a story like this. also a big deal because these were the two guys supposedly leading two big congressional investigations into this very subject, into the white house-russia connections. the white house had them making phone calls, warning reporters off this "new york times" story, as a favor to the white house. apparently on a recommendation, improper communication from the deputy director of the fbi who told the white house chief of staff something about the fbi's investigation, said this story about what we're found and looking at, it's all bs.
this is what happened right after mike flynn got fired. that was so screwed up in so many ways, so many days in this new administrationwow, that's a mess, i can't belve that happened. this thing was so screwed up. at every level. the guys making a supposedly independent investigation making phone calls to reporters. and talking on the sidelines with the white house about what is and isn't going on in their investigation and giving the white house about pr advice about bad press they're getting related to that investigation. what was the actual quote from the deputy director of the fbi there? "i want you to know that the "new york times" story is bs." the biggest way this was messed up, what happened back there in mid-february, the biggest
screw-up of all of this was that the "new york times" story wasn't bs at all. "the times" published this report on february 14th. later that night, cnn reported their own version of the story. trump aides were in constant touch with senior russian officials during the campaign. then the "washington post" got the story, citing multiple contacts between members of trump's team and russians with links to the kremlin during the campaign and afterward according to officials who have seen those reports. by march it is multbly sourced, american allies including brits and dutch have provided information between european cities between russian officials and vladamir putin and associates of donald trump. further confirmation there after, british intelligence passed trump soerktsz'
communications with russians on to u.s. counter parts. further confirmation. until summer 2016 a number of western agencies shared information on contacts between trump's inner circle and resistance. all of that backing up that initial bombshell "new york times" report from february 14. when the fbi's deputy director went up to the white house and did a pull-aside to talk to the president's chief of staff about the fbi's ongoing investigation into the president's campaign and told the white house chief of staff this "new york times" story was bs, not only was that a scandal in its own right because the fbi deputy director shouldn't be talking about the fbi's investigation with the white house and not only a scandal resulted in the white house enlisting pr members of congress supposedly running
independent investigations into it, that was a scandal because that "new york times" story was not bs and borne out by weeks and months of independent reporting since then all corroborated "the times"' story. if you don't believe any other press about it or any reporters because all news is fake news, this weeks it was even confirmed on the record under oath by the man who was the director of national intelligence at the time. >> over the spring of 2016, multiple european allies passed on additional information to the united states about contacts between the trump campaign and russians. is this accurate? >> i can't answer that.
sn>> mr. clapper, is that accurate? >> yes, it is and it is quite sensitive. the specifics are quite sensitive. >> we got reports from multiple european allies observing contacts between the trump campaign and russians. is that accurate? yes, that's accurate. quite sensitive but accurate. confirmed under oath by the director of national intelligence. so when the deputy director of the fbi went up to the white house and said the "new york times" reporting on that exact thing, that reporting is bs, you know what, that reporting was not bs at all. why was the deputy director of the fbi calling that apparently true story, why was he calling that bs? why was he giving the white house that ex-parte advice on their bad press? why was he talking to the white
house at all? what the heck was the deputy director of the fbi doing? i don't know. i've never known. it's been one of the weirdest parts of this investigation all along. now the deputy director of the fbi has been promoted, now the director of the fbi, the acting director of the fbi. which means he's now leading the fbi investigation into the russian attack on our election and trump campaign's potential involvement in it. his name is andrew mccabe. he reportedly took a long in person meeting with the president yesterday at the white house and now he has been put in charge at the fbi including in charge of the trump-russia investigation. given his previous named individual role in communicating inappropriately with the white house about this inveigation, given his extraordinary effort to kabosh damning reporting about this story we now know is well cooperated and multiple ply sourced and confirmed as true by
the director of national intelligence, isn't there an issue here with deputy director andrew mccabe taking over the lead in the fbi's trump-russia investigation? isn't there? how can he specifically be the one leading this investigation now? "new york times" and "washington post" and nbc all confirmed this story in the days before he was fired yesterday, director james comey requested additional resourceser for trump-russia investigation. we do not know what the response was for that request. we do know he told members of congress, senator richard burr and mark warner on monday night he had made that request to doj for more resources so those senators can corroborate he told them about having made that request for more resources.
weirdly, the department of justice is denying he ever made that request. in any case the following day, james comey got fired from his job as director of the fbi. whatever additional resources he apparently wanted for that investigation, history will show that, you're fired, was the response. things are happening very fast now. the white house said the president hired a washington, d.c. law term to represent him but we are trying to find out as we speak. we have learned former security advisor mike flynn has been subpoenaed to hand over documents in the trump-russia investigation. he refused to hand over documents voluntarily. now, they're subpoenaing him, the first subpoena sent by the intelligence committee since the 9/11 investigation. one of the things to watch on mike flynn and other trump
campaign figures, particularly people who find themselves in the crosshairs here, one of the things to watch here in an ongoing way with each development in the news here is whether those folks in the crosshairs potentially have stories to tell about what happened between the trump campaign and russia, one of the things to watch is whether those individual people from trump world are facing any sort of pressure from potential prosecution, pressure that could be used as leverage to conceivably make them flip on those above them in the hierarchy so they can save themselves from going to the pokey by telling tales about people who might be bigger fish. the first subpoenas flying in this investigation means we can invoke that dynamic and start watching for that. we have the senate intelligence committee subpoenaing mike flynn tonight and cnn and cnbc reporting federal prosecutors
ve sent grand jury subpoenas related to mike flynn to his business associates. so two different types of subpoenas now orbiting around the mike flynn part of this story. also, keep an eye on paul manafort the former trump campaign chairman. we do not know if he also refused to hand over documents voluntarily to the senate intelligence committee yesterday. the committee has not announced whether or not he handed over those documents he had requested. there are interesting loose threads to watch with paul manafort. the former campaign chairman for the trump campaign. i want to give you one heads-up about him now, there is a new very large very interesting question mark about paul manafort and his potential involvement with the justice department. this is something that we've got a bead on, we are actively reporting tonight literally while i'm on the air, trying to continue to report this out, i
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counter-telligence investigation. this is brand new tonight, just posted moments ago at the "washington post." to give you a sense where we are right now with this story in this new piece just posted by the "washington post," they have 30 sources, 30. the post tonight citing 30 officials at the white house, the justice department, the fbi and on capitol hill, 30. most of them speaking unanimously. the story explains that the white house official line it was a justice department decision to get rid of james comey and the president just endorsed that decision, that official white house line is untrue, that is not at all what happened, instead in this remarkably sourced piece detailing how the president firing james comey was motivated by the president's own frustration and anger about the russia investigation. that's important. there's also this really
interesting stuff they just dug up about what has happened today since the firing, basically about how the firing has lended in the intelligence community and the law enforcement community. listen to some of this blowback to that presidential decision. quote one intelligence official who works on russian espionage matters says they were more determined than over to pursue such things. the other said jim comey's firing are facts that won't soon be forgotten. that the president essentially declared war on a lot of people on the fbi and i think there will be a concerted effort to respond in time in kind. in other words, you're waistlining war on us and war n be waged in the other direction tonight. gulp. it is chilling.
joining us, mr. barrett, he was writing on it when we called him. thank you for being here. >> happy to be here. >> let me ask you about the remarkable sourcing here and how up front you're being about more than two dozen people, 30 sources you were able to speak to on the record unanimously, in most case, for this story. tell me about that sourcing. >> you see a bunch of names on the byline, this is a big story and we fan out to talk to as many people as humanly possible and collect all that and see what it all adds up to. that story is what it adds up to and tells the story what's going on in the white house in recent weeks. also how the last 24 hours has transpired in the intelligence community and within the fbi and within the justice department. those are important things. these are agencies. their work doesn't stop because
comey leaves, their work continues. i think it's important to track how that work continues. >> in terms of the continuation of that work, obviously a lot of people who have been placing a lot of stock in the fbi investigation thinking that's how the american people will finally get a full accounting of this story, people have been worried about what the effect the firing of the fbi director will have on the morale, the will, focus of those folks, what kind of pressure it puts on them. we have heard antidotally reports today over the course of my news day, people involved in this investigation are shaken, they were shocked by this firing. when you hear about fbi agents being shaken, it makes you wonder whether or not it will derail them at all in their investigation. you guys seem to be reporting more on a reaion of resolve, anger and maybe even a desire to get revenge. >> yeah. i think revenge is a little strong. look, there are career
professionals in both the fbi and justice department who, for all practical purposes, are lifers at this. while they were certainly surprised and upset about what happened to jim comey, you know, i think it was interesting, i would say among the people i talked to, i would say 75% of the reaction was anger and 25% was a kind of fear, a kind of wariness, does this mean we will actually pull back? i don't want to pull back. maybe there will be some collective caution that this firing produces. to be honest, most of the folks i talked to in the law enforcement intelligence base today were determined not to do anything differently, and, if anything, were more motivated today than yesterday. >> andrew mccabe the fbi deputy director now elevated to the acting director of the fbi. in our opening segment i
recounted an incident he was involved in that raised eyebrows about this is contact with the white house, reince priebus naming him by name in terms of his title having had contact with the white house about reporting concerning the trump russia investigation. when you talk about some reaction being anger and some being fear of fbi agents responding to this firing has acting director mccabe done anything to shore people up about this, reassure people or give a sense what type of leadership he will have on this matter? >> funny, there was actually a going away party tonight for a departing career official. mccabe spoke at that. i'm told he made a little bit of a joke about his last 24 hours. he kind of frankly described to me, put a lot of folks at ease with the notion, wow, this guy has just been thrown into the fire. there's a lot riding on him right now.
the folks i talked to said they felt a little better after watching him talk to a big room of national security folks this evening. i think there's some hope there and i think there's some, you know, cautious optimism there's still a lot of -- jim comey may be gone but there's still an awful lot of good people here who can do good work and they're not scared, i think, was another sort of thing that kept coming up. i'll be honest, in talking to folks, that anger came through in private discussions at that event, too. there are people who are ticked off. >> ticked off and angry and some people expressing fear and a lot of uncertainty, a remarkable time, remarkable thing to be living through and remarkable thing to be reporting on. writing on national security for the "washington post," you're right in the middle of it. i appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead, what he was just talking about tonight how
the fbi does its work, how the agents on the actual investigation are coping with their changed circumstances. i have a very specific take on that coming up next with somebody who is one of the world's foremost experts with the fbi and what might change with their director having been fire in this incredibly charged way. you want to see this in this next interview. stay with us. card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means thousands of dollars each year going back into my business... which adds fuel to my bottom line. what's in your wallet? dry mouth can affect how your mouth feels and how you feel. discover act dry mouth, specially formulated to soothe and moisturize your mouth. and try new act dry mouth spray
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february on the structure, the physical structure, geographic structure of the fbi investigation on the russian attack of the presidential election last year and possible collusion by the trump campaign in that take. reuters had the news a couple months ago the pittsburgh pennsylvania office of the fbi was playing key role in the fbi investigation. they had been tasked specifically with trying to identify the people behind breaches of the dnc's computer systems. apparently the pittsburgh field office known as being a crack office in terms of cyber crime. another field office in san francisco was tasked with trying to identify the people who called themselves gucifer 2 who had posted e-mail stolen from john podesta's e-mail account. and fbi counter-intelligence agents based in washington, d.c. were pursuing leads in performance and foreign communication intercepts. if you think of the fbi
investigation, it's not like a thing that happens on a list serve or all in fbi hq, you have people in at least three different places working on three different parts of it. there after the financial times added this. the fbi creating a special unit in washington, not at the washington field office, washington fbi headquarters to oversee this investigation overall. instead of it all being spread out among pittsburgh office, san francisco office, other field offices, they would centralize the main part of this investigation in d.c. 20 dedicated agents all centralized at fbi headquarters. that does not happen with every investigation and does not happen with any major investigation. that's a change they made about this investigation that was due to take effect this month. is that going end to up being important here? we know now as of today, fired
fbi director james comey requested more resources for this investigation days before he was fired. already a real question whether the fbi believes there are enough resources dedicated to getting to the bottom of this and now also this geography question, a question where this investigation is being handle and where it affects its independence. not every investigation is centralized at headquarters. in this case they did it, in one place, in fbi headquarters from which fbi director james comey has now been fired. is there any possibility that makes the people working on the russian investigation more susceptible to political pressure? should we be watching that kind of dynamic to see what kind of impact that will have now that the fbi director has been fired in the middle of an investigation into the sitting u.s. president.
now joining us an expert on the institution of the fbi and spent years that won him a pulitzer prize and national book award, author of agency of ashes" and "enemies a history of the fbi" a best-seller. good to see you? always a pleasure. >> let me get your reaction to this news. what did you think when you learned james comey was being fired? >> i thought the president of the united states had committed an act that some day may be seen as obstruction of stice. an impeachable offense. >> obstruction of justice was the first article of impeachment against nixon? >> correct. >> how do you know whether this is obstruction of justice. the whiteout has done an unusual thing putting out an official line through white house spokespeople saying dhairmts of
justice decision made by the attorney general and deputy attorney general and the president supported them and then told multiple sources this was a decision driven by the president specifically because of the investigation. >> and her e-mail. and hillary's e-mail. >> he's very concerned about making sure hillary clinton is not disparaged. >> that did not have the dore of truth. the odor of truth. i believe donald trump believes, as he said repeatedly, the russia story is a hoax and he wants it to go away. failing that, he wants to discredit the reporting on it. failing that, he has tried now to decapitate the fbi by firing its director. >> is that also way to try to discredit the fbi.
>> he can't. it is, let's say, counter-productive. he has put himself in greater legal jeopardy. he has redoubled, i think, the commitment of the hundreds of professional agents working on this case. he has put himself in bad way with some important people in congress who are republicans, who are senators. he has revived talk about there being a bicameral committee, like the iran contra committee of 30 years ago, to go after this case, to do the work that the senate intelligence committee has barely begun and the house intelligence committee was derailed. by its own chief. i think that this story is going to be with us for month and i think it will torment trump well into next year.
>> we had this very interesting report from the "washington post," reporter dev lon barrett here talking about that. he said in his reporting for that story and "washington post" reporting for that story, they're looking at the impact of the firing of people who are doing the investigator work, shoe leather people doing the investigation. he's hearing 75% anger and 25% fear, actually scared in terms of what happens to them next. >> probably a healthy reaction. >> you studied the fbi intensely for your seminal work on their structure as an institution, how they function, good things about them and bad things about them. how do you think fbi agents will respond to this firing? do you think this could have the effect by decapitating the agency, could that have the effect of derailing the investigation? >> no, it can't. an investigation has a life of its own.
we have found when you're the fbi and you're looking at a president, investigations we get investigations. the fbi went after nixon and helped bring him down. the fbi went after ronald reagan's national security team in the iran contra when the white house was selling weapons to iran, skimming the profits and slipping them to guerrillas in central america. >> resulted in many many indictments. >> the fbi famously went after bill clinton with the white house physician in attendance got blood from the president's arm to test it against the dna on the infamous blue dress. the fbi will pursue an investigation up to 1600 pennsylvania, knock on the door and serve subpoenas. because they are dedicated professionals who believe in the rule of law. >> tim weiner, author.
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house their national security advisor, mike flynn was lying about his contacts with russia. sally yates wanted to testify, scheduled to testify, sdenly the republican chairman cancelled the sally yates hearing. and chairman nunes didn't explain and frankly up to all sorts of stuff he couldn't explain at that time. on the day she was supposed to testify, march 28th, what we did get was a look at very interesting documents going on behind the scenes when that hearing was cancelled. sally yates had been telling the justice department i want to testify, i am going to testify. we learned from these documents that came out on march 28th, the trump administration tried to block her from testifying. the "washington post" broke this story when she was scheduled to testify before it got cancelled. yates and another witness former
cia director john brennaned a made clear to the government officials by thursday that their testimony to the complete would probably contradict some statements the white house had made. so the white house responded as far as they were concerned her testimony would likely be in violation of the presidential communications privilege and delivery of process privilege. huh? in not so many words they were telling her she could not testify about anything she told the white house which is what she was supposed to testify about. that exchange of lawyer letters between the white house lawyers and sally yates' lawyers, that all happened on a thursday into a friday, by the end of fridayy the sally yates hearing was cancelled. that was sort of a bump in the road, an interesting explanatory sidebar at the time it happened. that ends up being the first real concrete black and white in print evidence we got of the trump administration trying to
block the trump-russia investigation, to block the investigation into ties between this is presidenti campaign and russia while russia was attacking the u.s. election. the question of obstruction of justice looms large here not just because it was the first article of impeachment against richard nixon because this is not a one off thing. we saw them try to block yates from testifying. obviously eventually she was allowed to testify. when she was going to testify they tried to block her. we learned a few days before he was fired yesterday, fbi director james comey went to the new deputy attorney general and asked for more resources for the russia investigation, not only did comey not get those resources, the new trump appointee asked for those resources laid out all the reasons jim comey should be fired and he was fired yesterday. that's where we are, right? sally yates warning the white house about mike flynn and his
ties to russia. she gets fired. she tries to testified to congress about her warning, the white house tried to block her testifying. the white house got a new attorney general confirmed and fbi director resources for the trump russia investigation. that deputy attorney wrote a memo to trump saying fire this guy. now the trump investigation is -- what's all the fuss here? why are we doing this? >> my gosh, tucker, when are they going to let that go? it's been going on for nearly a year. frankly, it's kind of getting an second-degree murder there is no there, there. it's time to move on. >> trying to block testimony from somebody you fired who warn you'd about national security risks in your midst. then firing a man who is leading the investigation into your campaign. in general, these are not good ways to get people to let something go. and sally yates did eventually testify. and the senate intelligence committee has invited james comey to testify next tuesday. and they have now subpoenaed
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russia probe. let me tell you what they're finding here. this is actually -- this is exclamation point stuff. here is the lead there. the weeks before president donald trump fired fbi director james comey, a federal investigation into potential collusion between trump associates and the russian government was heating up. as mr. comey became increasingly occupied with the probe, what does that mean? they got specifics. quote, mr. comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation. that started at least three weeks ago. according to "the wall street journal" tonight, mr. comey was concerned by information showing potential evidce of collusion. the source for that is accding "the wall street journal" people with knowledge of the matter and with the progress of the federal bureau of investigation probe. last week, as had been reported by multiple sources now, director comey sought more resources to support the fbi's investigation. he requested additional personnel from rob rosen steste
who has been installed as the deputy attorney general. the justice department continues to deny that that request was made. but multiple news sources today have now reported it. and it's also been reported that comey briefed lawmakers after he made that request and told them that he had made this request of the department of justice. now "the wall street journal" is adding to that reporting tonight with this. on monday, mr. comey briefed lawmakers on his request to brief the investigation. the lawmakers asked mere comey if he could accelerate the fbi investigation. oh. this would have been the day before he was fired. there is also this. senate intelligence committee investigators have grown alarmed as they review intelligence reports. some investigators are persuaded that the evidence will show more than casual contacts between the campaign and russia. one area of particular interest for the committee is mr. trump's business dealings. yes, that is where this is
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particular interest for investigators right now that trump's business dealings are sort of rising to the top of the heap for areas of focus and concern for investigators. there has been a big change in terms of what we know about the investigation on trump business matters. an important thing related to trump business matters was confirmed by director james clapper in his senate appearance on monday. we've also now got an interesting request from the senate intelligence committee to the treasury department in their financial crimes unit in terms of moneylaundering and any connections they've been able to turn up with trump and his business dealings. that part of it, the financial side of it, the business side of it appears to be driving subpoenas now around mike flynn. both from the senate intelligence committee and from u.s. attorneys offices in virginia -- u.s. attorneys office in virginia. this issue about business ties, potential money launders is also going to be the subject of